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WWBHD? Draft DDJ

This is simply my breakdown of the skills possessed by Delino Deshields Jr. It is all IMHO.

 

Delino Deshields Jr is 5'8"-9" and 175-190lbs depending on the source. He always has plus-plus speed , good range in the outfield, and pedigree. After this the information out on DDJ differs by opinion. Here are some of the other pros for DDJ. His hands are soft enough to play 2nd base. His swing is short to the ball possessing gap-power. Some of the cons on DDJ. His arm is below average. There are questions about power development and effort.

 

There is almost no video on DDJ but this is what Heck looked like when they drafted him.

http://houston.astros.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=8778219

 

My limited evaluation of DDJ gives me concern in every aspect of the game but outfield range and hit avg. The main reason for this is contrary to what you would expect, physical tools. IMO DDJ does not have the hip mobility or arm to succeed at the MLB level. In the field I suspect his ability to have range enough to play 2nd because of his hips and from the throws I have seen his arm is poor at 2nd and at all other positions. At the plate I do like that his swing is short to the ball. But it is a swing that does not incorporate his hips. I have not seen enough swings to see much more but for these purposes I will assume that he will have trouble with balls inside and lack HR pop. I can not make judgment on plate discipline.

 

So my thoughts have not changed much since the draft. DDJ is a CFer with good range and a poor arm. I doubt that he projects to  an adequate 2nd baseman. At the plate DDJ may have good contact skills if he is able to get to the inside pitch. I doubt he will develop power. I do not like his swing overall.

His main problem is lack of hip mobility and poor to very poor arm. I only saw one place that questioned his effort and I really don't care about a DUI. Young men will make mistakes and learn from them. Let us all hope that I am wrong but when I see DDJ I see a running back that is out of place in a baseball uniform.

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